‘Jamie Lee Dance Academy’ was founded in 2015 by Jamie-Lee Mason and is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the most exciting schools of Performing Arts in Dorset.
Based in Bearwood and Christchurch, it offers classes for students aged 2 upwards and has already attracted a highly qualified team of professional staff and guest directors/ choreographers, many of whom bring their experience directly from the West End.
‘JLDA’ offers a wide range of weekday classes, workshops and holiday courses across all three disciplines (dance, singing and drama) and provides students with many opportunities to perform, including a competitions and show team, ‘JLDA Elite’.
As well as this there are opportunities for students to take ISTD exams but there is no pressure for any student to take examinations if they don’t feel this is the right option for them.
Everyone on the ‘JLDA’ team is committed to providing the highest quality training along with developing personal and team excellence in a nurturing environment, regardless of whether the student is pursuing a career in the industry or simply wants to enjoy the art as a hobby.
Every child here at ‘JLDA’ will not only grow in confidence and ability but they’ll be able to leave us standing taller, with their head held that little bit higher.
Jamie-Lee Mason (School Principal)
"From the age of three, I remember always going to dance lessons with my mum. With my dad being a Musical Director and my mum a professional singer, I guess showbiz was in my blood! I don't think at that age I knew how much of a huge impact those dance lessons would have on my life. It was just routine, the norm, and I loved it. As the years went by, I knew it had become more than just a hobby and aged nine I won a scholarship to Stonelands School of Ballet in Hove. The seven years I spent there laid the foundations for my future career. I ate, slept and breathed dance - particularly ballet - and my passion grew. At sixteen, I won a full scholarship to Doreen Bird college in London. I spent three years in intensive training - ready to take on the competitive world ahead. I was very fortunate after leaving college and secured many professional contracts in the West End and on tour (both uk and European). Professional credits include; 'Oliver!', 'Scrooge', 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers', 'Guys and Dolls', 'Aladdin', 'Four's company at the Movies' and 'Anything Goes'. After six years of working professionally, my career took a different path as a dance & musical theatre teacher. I have trained with the ISTD to become a qualified teacher and I'm continuing my training - with tutors from the Royal Ballet School - so that one day I'll become a classical ballet examiner. I've had many years experience teaching and have found it a rewarding adventure. I know that not every child I teach will want to perform professionally, but I can honestly say that every child I have taught stands a little taller and speaks a little clearer. And for those that do have a dream, I'll be with them every step to see them achieve it."
Scott Maslen (School Patron)
Scott is best known for his role of Jack Branning in Eastenders. Scott and Miss Jamie-Lee worked together in the pantomime ‘Aladdin’ at the Bournemouth Pavillion in 2013/14. They remain close friends and Scott speaks very highly of Jamie-Lee’s ability to coach the next generation of youngsters.
"Having worked professionally with Jamie-Lee, I was delighted when she asked me to become patron of 'JLDA'. I look forward to seeing the younger generation mature under her invaluable guidance."
Ashley Day ( School Patron)
West End Star Ashley Day, whose latest role was playing the incredible Jerry mulligan in American in Paris trained at ballet school with Miss Jamie-Lee and they remain good friends to this day.
"I trained alongside Jamie-Lee at school and at college. Her standards and training are second to none. I was thrilled and honoured to be asked to be school patron to JLDA!"